One of my favorite and most useful things I remember from school is the career day. For ours parents and local businesses came in to discuss what the career was like from a first-hand perspective. We could go to things of interest to us and ask questions about the steps we would need to take to get where they are. We could also see if the job was actually anything like we imagined it. It was also a great way to connect the parents into the school system. We did this in high school but this would also work in elementary schools as a way to connect material students are learning to real life. When I volunteer at a 5th grade math class one of the most common comments I hear is “when am I going to use this”. Having a career day with people they trust (their parents) will help the students make that connection.